Buildings of Keene NH
Image by Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
Buildings of Keene NH (from Keene Illustrated – 60 Views)
French, J.A., Keene NH
Buildings – NH – Keene
Business districts – NH – Keene
Tracings made from photographs by J. (Jotham) A. French of scenes of Keene New Hampshire.
"The upper central group represents the Elliot building on the right hand corner, occupied by Spencer & Co. hardware; Buffum’s Block by Chase & Richards, clothiers, and G.E. Holbrook & Co., grocers. The Cheshire National Bank, Keene National Bank, Wright’s building occupied by F.H. Wright & Co., shoe dealers, over which is a new suite of rooms now used by the YMCA, though wholly inadequate to their demands.
The next in order is Griffin’s block, in which are located the Five Cents Savings Bank and the furniture war rooms of Woodbury & Howard; below this is Lamson block, containing three large stores, viz: J.R. Beal & Co., clothiers, Wilkinson & McGregor, harness makers, and Nichols & Howard, grocers. Adjoining this is the furniture store of Fisher & Stratton.
The lower left section is made up of five blocks, called respectively the Lane, Gerould, Whitcomb, Ashuelot National Bank and Keyes blocks. In these buildings on the first floor are found two drug stores (Bullard & Shedd and B.W. Hodgkins), two shoe stores (J.B. Fisher and Boston Branch), one fancy goods store (A.A. Clough & Co.), one book store (G.H. Tilden & Co.), one clothing store (J.F. & F.H. Whitcomb) and one grocery store (F.E. Keyes).
Ball’s block at the head of the Square is one of the oldest land marks in the city, occupied by Mrs. A.E. Bennett, millinery, W.H. Spalter, book store, C.E. Gilmore, fancy goods, Mrs. M.A. Gleason, ladies’ furnishing goods, R.A. Macdonald, merchant tailor, Citizens National and the Guaranty Savings Banks.
At the extreme left on Court street is the First church block embracing a trio of spacious stores (usually called the Museum), all connected and occupied by A.B. & S.W. Skinner, dealers in carpets, dry goods, jewelry, etc.
The right lower corner picture – Bridgman and Stone’s block – was erected in 1866, since which time the first named proprietor (C. Bridgman, recently succeeded by his son) has carried on the grocery business in one of his stores, the other being a dry goods store, occupied by W.P. Chamberlain.
Messrs. G.H. Aldrich & Son, insurance agents, B.C. Russell, D.D.S., and Miss Abbie H. Grimes, dressmaker, have desirable rooms on the second floor.
The third story has a fine suite of rooms and has been occupied by the publisher of this work [J.A. French] for the last 24 years as a studio for portraits and landscape photography. In making views of architecture, scenery, etc., the author has had a large experience, having carried on this branch of the business for more than a quarter of a century in connection with his portrait work.
The main store in Stone’s block is occupied by Knowlton & Stone, dealers in hardware.
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